As the perception of marijuana continues to evolve, a growing number of Americans now hold the view that this prohibited substance isn’t as harmful as tobacco and alcohol, both of which are legal across the country. This sentiment was captured in a survey conducted by Monmouth University. The survey results were published last week.
The nationally representative poll found that 54% of those interviewed were convinced that alcohol was more dangerous compared to cannabis while 38% thought the two substances carried equal levels of danger. Only 7% thought marijuana was more dangerous than alcohol.
When it came to tobacco, 45% were of the view that tobacco posed greater levels of danger when compared to cannabis, while 13% were of the view that marijuana was the more dangerous of the two. An estimated 38% thought both substances carried an equal magnitude of danger.
This poll also sounded out the respondents’ thoughts about the recent marijuana pronouncements by the U.S. president, with 69% expressing solid support for the clemency and 68% thinking it would be good to allow people to legally possess small amounts of cannabis, such as those for which pardons were being granted. In terms of party affiliation, Democrats came out strongly in support of cannabis legalization at 76%, Independents were close behind at 73% while only 52% of Republicans expressed support for legalizing the substance.
This trend was also evident when the views of the survey respondents were analyzed to gauge their thoughts on the mass pardons granted by Biden. A reported 83% of professed Democrats agreed with the decision with 71% of the Independents supporting the move while Republican support was lower at 50%.
Speaking during the release of the poll results, Patrick Murray, who heads the polling institute at Monmouth University, remarked that support for cannabis legalization has been growing at a steady pace over the past two decades. According to him, Biden’s action was aligned with the wishes of the population at this moment in time.
One notable finding from this survey was that the American population didn’t have a clear grasp of how many people would be directly impacted by the president’s pardons. The survey showed 25% thought up to 1,000 people would be pardoned, 26% thought the number would be anywhere between 1,000 and 10,000, 14% thought more than 10,000 but less than 100,000 would benefit from the pardons while 7% thought this number exceeded 100,000; 29% weren’t sure how many would be pardoned. A federal government analysis indicates that 6,500 people would be eligible to be pardoned under the president’s directive.
As more people show support for legalization and as states enact their own legalization laws, the hand of the federal government may be forced soon enough to soften its prohibitionist stance and allow players such as Prime Harvest Inc. to operate legally across the country.
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